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Navigating through the Design/Build Process

Navigating through the Design/Build Process

As a Design/ Builder, frequently I am asked what is the difference between your approach and the traditional approach to projects?  I have been in the business for over 30 years and have lectured at two national remodeling conventions on the subject so I think I can speak with some authority.  When I became a Design/ Builder way back in 1978, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) actually would not let me be a national member because in their rules and regulations they stated that either you were an Architect or you were a General Contractor.  It sounds so silly today to state that, but back then the AIA was run by purists that truly believed in that statement.  Fortunately the local AIA thought  it was silly also and allowed me all the privileges of being a member (they just did not tell the national that I was a local member.)   I would argue that who better to build it than the person that designed it.  In earlier times such famous people as Leonardo Di Vinci, Michelangelo, or Gaudi were all Design/Builders.  It worked very well for them. So what are the differences. The Traditional Approach: In a traditional approach […]

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What is an Architectural Feasibility Study for a residential remodeling project?

What is an Architectural Feasibility Study for a residential remodeling project?

Stan Better Architects is a part of the Stan Better Family of Companies which also includes Stan Better Construction.  As a Design Build firm our approach to the design build process is unique.  Many times I have been asked “What does an Architectural Feasibility Study include and not include?”  My hope is that this article will answer these questions. When someone initially calls me about some remodeling they want to do to their house I first determine the scope of work the person is asking me to do.  If the project is comprehensive enough that it would require the services of a design professional like myself, then I schedule a meeting at no cost or obligation to go out and meet with the Owners and see the actual existing conditions.  At this initial meeting I discuss the wants and needs of the Owners; observe the existing conditions affecting those wants and needs such as zoning issues, structural issues, budget constraints  etc..; and determine if this project is a candidate for an Architectural Feasibility Study. The difference between offering an Architectural Feasibility Study versus a full service Architectural contract is that full service contracts require much more comprehensive Architectural details and […]

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How to deal with your Insurance Co. on a fire damage loss

How to deal with your Insurance Co. on a fire damage loss

One of the most horrific things that can happen to a Homeowner is fire damage.   Equally horrific is after the fire, the ordeal that a Homeowner is put through to get their home and life back together.  Unfortunately, there are more horror stories on this subject than all other aspects of home ownership.  After over 30+ years in this business, I have had my share of dealing with good and bad Insurance Companies when it comes to these types of losses.  I have even set up a separate company “SBC Restoration “ to specifically deal with these kinds of insurance issues.  So sit back, relax, and let me tell you what you are in store for if you are the victim of a fire loss. I will use, as an example, a project I did a few years back.  The names are not important, but their story is very typical of what can, and generally does happen.  The Homeowners were out of town when a lightning bolt hit their two story home and caused the second floor to catch fire.  A neighbor called the fire department, and after the firemen flooded their second floor with water, were successful in saving […]

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How to create a GREEN kitchen

How to create a GREEN kitchen

Green is the buzz word of the millennium.  Everyone wants to be a part of the Green Movement, but most do not know how to do it.  So I am going to take the principles of green construction and apply it to the remodeling of a kitchen.  There is no such thing as getting a green certification for your kitchen unless it is part of a total house remodeling, but that shouldn’t deter you from applying some of the common sense principles.  Resource efficiency is an important part of building sustainability.  Think of your home as a major resource consumer.  Your home has and will consume resources.  This affects the environment by depleting natural resources, energy use, and increases in waste.  By using durable, renewable, responsibly produced materials, and managing building waste, you can positively affect the environment and achieve your own level of Green.  So what positive steps can you take in your remodeled kitchen:  RESOURCE EFFICIENCY: Recycle:  Create a built-in collection space.  This collection space encourages sustainable living for the occupants.  Recycling becomes convenient and a daily part of your life.  Collection spaces should be designed with odor and air quality in mind.  Your positive decision should not […]

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